HOW to Ward Off Evil Spirits #2
Hahnemule Photo Rag Baryta 315gsm
29.8 x 21cm / 11.73 x 8.27inches
Lion Dance is a traditional form of dance usually for important occasions to ward off evil spirits, to bring good luck and prosperity. There are 2 main styles of lion dance, the Northern and Southern.
The Southern Lion was spread by Chinese diaspora communities around the world. Since antiquity it’s been a tradition to wear masks resembling animals and mythical creatures to symbolise the values of civilisations and ritualise society’s relationship to the natural world. It is this performative bridge between the human world and animal kingdom that is brought together within the historical framework of China rising from the ashes of the 100 years of humiliation of foreign invasion into a global superpower by paradoxically becoming one of the most successful Capitalist economies.
The fluctuating motif within the works meditates on the relationship between Capitalism and the environment, civilisation and the environment and if there is an ‘evil’ to ward off wherein is its nature and shape.
Here at Gordon Cheung Studios, the lion dance also marks the successful end of a decade long battle in getting stolen works back. It has become our personal lucky charm, and we’re excited to be able to share our luck with you.